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Guest post: when pachycephalosaurs attack.

Today Eric Snively takes us through hi very recent PLoS One paper on head-butting in pachycephalosaurs. Eric is linked to Larry Witmer’s lab, so it’s no surprise that this is a paper heavy on function and analysis, though he started this work while still based in Canada with Phil Currie’s group. The idea that these dinosaurs may have fought each other by butting heads, or even just smashing into an opponent’s flanks have been around for ages and gone back and forth many times. Here Eric shows how the head of Stegoceras was apparently adapted for hard impacts in a way otherwise only found in heed-butting animals.

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